The Art of Illumination in the Gothic Style

A Workshop Taught by David Clayton

Schedule: TBD
Hours of Instruction: 35 hours credit towards the Certificate in Sacred Art
Location: St. Mary’s University, 14500 Bannister Road, Calgary
Tuition: $550 plus GST

illumination1Gothic Style Art. This workshop introduces students to the fundamentals of developing an illuminated image based on the English gothic style often described as the School of St. Albans. Its leading artist in the 13th century was a Benedictine monk called Matthew Paris. Using images from medieval manuscripts such as the Westminster Psalter, students will learn to develop their own drawing and transfer the image to high quality archival water colour paper or vellum. Students will then learn to mix their own pigments and paint the images using the traditional medieval technique of egg tempera.

illuminationGothic Style ArtN.B. This course will be suitable to both beginners who wish to learn the medieval technique of egg tempera painting and to advanced students who wish to become more proficient in developing their own drawings from ancient manuscripts and develop their painting skills.
Instructor David Clayton is an internationally recognized artist, writer, and broadcaster. His artistic training includes the sacred art tradition of Byzantine iconography (with Aidan Hart) as well as portrait painting in the Western realist tradition, which he studied in a traditional atelier in Florence, Italy.

IlluminationInstructorDavid Clayton after beginning his artist career in England, David moved to New Hampshire to become the Artist-in-Residence at Thomas More of the Liberal Arts. He has completed a number of commissions including for the London Oratory, Pluscarden Monastery, Scotland, and the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. David also produced and presented a 13 part TV series about traditional art and Catholic culture entitled The Way of Beauty. He also edits a popular blog by the same name.

In order to maintain the close one-on-one nature of instruction, enrolment will be limited. Tuition is due at the time of registration. Students may cancel their registration and receive a refund (minus a $50 administration fee) up to 7 days prior to the beginning of the course. After this date, no refunds are given for cancellation.

For registration information call 403-531-9130 or email